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12/12/2016 3:02 am  

First time poster. Hopefully I've found the right audience.
My father passed away earlier this year. He was a structural designer by trade, did similar work to a civil engineer but only had a 2 year degree. He worked for Osborn Engineering in Cleveland, OH. They are somewhat well known, for having done many sport stadiums around the country, along with the more typical bridge/building work. One of the last and probably most notable project he worked on would be Jacobs Field (aka Progressive Field) the home of the Cleveland Indians.
He occasionally did side work at home, and this was his home setup. The drafting chair is a B K Elliott Company - Pittsburgh. The table - I am not so sure. On a piece of the hardware metal, is a stamping ESCO Engineering Sales Co. Not sure if that's who made the entire table, or just the hardware.
The table top measures 36"x60".
What is this worth?
What is the best avenue to attempt to sell this? I don't see any drafting tables being sold on Craigslist and rarely on Ebay.
Much Thanks,
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12/12/2016 4:05 am  

Do a search on ebay ended auctions for "industrial style" chairs, bar stools, etc. to get an idea of what sells and what doesn't. The industrial look is still going strong, I think.
I just did a search for "vintage drafting table" on ebay and found over 350 listings though some are probably for accessories and whatnot. They do sell, too---not for big money but something.
As for what your things are worth, check out the basic rules that everyone is asked to read before posting:
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But you can get an idea of value by looking at what similar items sell for in local shops, on ebay, and in auction house lists of realized prices. It may take a few weeks or months of looking to get a good overall view. Also, be aware that the price asked is often not what the thing ends up selling for, which is why you need to look at actual final prices. Also, disregard 1stDibs prices; they market to a small population with deep pockets, and interior designers with big expense accounts, and their dealers often accept lower offers.
Hope this helps, and good luck with your desk and chair.

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Joined: 2021 years ago
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12/12/2016 2:37 pm  

Thank you for your reply, and I apologize about asking about the value.
I do see plenty of drafting tables on Ebay, but many that are marked vintage are new reproductions, and many of the true vintage tables are smaller than this one.
If anyone knows whether this table was actually made by ESCO, or can help me narrow down the date better, I would appreciate it. My guess is the table is 10-20 years older than the chair? Just a hunch, I know very little about this field.


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